Total Victory for Naughty America Against Cybersquatters and Domain Name Infringers
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Notorious cybersquatters and typosquatters, who have been capitalizing off of Naughty America's branding and marketing efforts, were struck a major blow after a Panel of the World Intellectual Property Organization ordered a well-known typosquatter to transfer 9 domain names to Naughty America. La Touraine, Inc. v. Above.com Domain Privacy / Transure Enterprise Ltd, Host Master, WIPO Case No. D2010-1118 (August 16, 2010).
"We've devoted years of time and resources toward establishing our brand," says Naughty America's CEO and President, Eddie Arenas. "We have to protect it."
Esteemed author and attorney, Gerald M. Levine noted, "When dictionary words are misspelled in a domain name[,] the inference is persuasive that the respondent had actual knowledge of the trademark targeted," in his article referencing the Naughty America WIPO decision. udrpcommentaries (September 13, 2010).
The WIPO Panel concluded that the domain names contained intentional misspellings of the well-known NAUGHTY AMERICA® trademark and ordered that the domains be transferred to Naughty America. WIPO Case No. D2010-1118.
"We will continue our campaign to protect our brand," says Arenas, "and target those who steal Naughty America's intellectual property."
Levine, Gerald M. "Strong Inference of Actual Knowledge with Misspelled Variations of Trademark," udrpcommentaries, available at http://udrpcommentaries.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/strong-inference-of-actual-knowledge-with-misspelled-variations-of-trademark/ (September 13, 2010).
La Touraine, Inc. v. Above.com Domain Privacy / Transure Enterprise Ltd, Host Master, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Case No. D2010-1118, available at http://www.wipo.int/amc/en/domains/search/text.jsp?case=D2010-1118 (August 16, 2010).
SOURCE Naughty America